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The Midnight Library

By: Matt Haig
Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What if you could try out all the lives you could have lived and pick one? Would you choose differently? 

'Between life and death there is a library,' she said. 'And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices. Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?'

Thirty-four-year-old Nora's life could be better. She's lonely, single and has just lost her job. Her cat dying feels like the last straw. What else is there to live for? Then she finds a library between life and death where she gets to try all the other lives she could have lived. 

The Midnight Library is a gloriously relatable novel about life, death and the in-between. It is about finding hope, playing chess, dumping regrets and picking the right people around you.

©2020 Matt Haig (P)2020 Canongate Books Ltd

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Didn’t want it to end!

I loved this, Matt Haig at his absolute best. Makes you think (as usual) and full of his trademark honesty and ultimate hope. Fantastic narration too.

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Loved it

An idea we've all thought about, beautifully manifested through a simple story, with an endearing protagonist and science and philosophy woven gently through. Carey Mulligan's narration is brilliant.

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Novel concept

Loved the Midnight Library.....
A timely reminder of the importance of appreciating exactly where we are, right now, today.

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Timely reminder to live our lives

Loved this so much. Different from my usual pucks but really resonated. Great narration a bonus.

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Fabulous

Beautifully written and I loved the audible version! Inspirational and prophetic. I look forward to reading another book by this author.

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Loved it!!!

I couldn't put it down, read the whole book in two days. Wonderful story, narration and teachings.

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I loved this book.

So beautifully written and perfectly read. Recommending to everyone I know. For the rest of time.

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brilliant

The more I listened, the more I loved it. truly a gorgeous book that I will recommend.

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Just what the doctor ordered

I was totally absorbed by the story and even re listened to parts a second time.

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  • Hurra Huse
  • 09-09-2020

It is as good as they say

This book will stay with me, and I will listen to it again, for comfort. It is so imaginative, so good at describing life as the mess that it can sometimes be. There is so much hope in this book, I wish all those who feel or has at sometime felt hopeless or helpless would get the chance to read it. So that would mean most of us I guess.
The narration is brilliant, and the tone of voice fits the main character perfectly.

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  • Thanh
  • 29-08-2020

Spectacular! Life changing story

I cannot rave enough about this book. Beautiful, engaging storytelling by Matt, and Carey Mulligan knocked the performance out of the park. It’s a really touching story that makes you think and gives you a new perspective on life. I cried so much at the end. Would 10/10 recommend this book to anyone who’s struggling with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, or anyone in general for that matter. If I could give this book 6 stars I would. Do yourself a favour and listen to it, you’ll thank me later.

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  • M. Botha
  • 29-08-2020

A hopeful conclusion

I feel this book was written by someone who really understands what depression feels like.
To me, it was like a self help book, without being exactly that. It brings insight and hope.
Very well done, Matt Haig.

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  • greenrabbit
  • 25-08-2020

I have depression and found this really unsafe

This is not a safe listen if you struggle with suicidality. I haven’t tried Matt Haig’s other books on mental health but enjoyed The Humans so gave this a go. Carey Mulligan’s narration is wonderful, but I’ve had to stop and return the book because it was so unsafe for me to hear.

If you have depression, if you struggle with the weight of your regrets or trauma, if you have ever wished for a different life and imagined death as an escape from this one, then this may not be the book for you.

I gather that, if I had listened to Nora trying out all of her different lives, at some point she may grieve for what she has lost and learn to be kind to herself. But the fantasy of these alternative lives, the dwelling in regrets, this is not helpful if you struggle with these things in real life.

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  • Michelle Shepherd
  • 14-08-2020

Delightful and exciting

Purchased this the day it was released and have just finished it. I loved it. Carey Mulligan narrates with great empathy and keeps you enthralled. Who hasnt wondered how their lives would have turned out if they'd made other decisions. This book allows the main character, Nora to see how her life would have turned out if she had said yes, or chose a different path. Worth a listen.

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  • Chris Cunningham
  • 15-08-2020

A touching look at depression and regret.

Matt Haig writes beautifully - I didn’t realise how touched I would be by this book. Throughout I found myself considering my own choices - not my past regrets, but the decisions I can make from this point forwards. Carey’s narration is outstanding - a well suited pick.

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  • Vee
  • 16-08-2020

Beautiful story, well read

Such a great idea, well executed and a really wonderful story that flows well and kept me hooked. Matt Haig writes with humour and sadness in equal measure and his core beliefs shine through in this lovely tale. The importance of kindness, love, caring about the planet and not comparing yourself to others. It is read beautifully by Carey. I needed this story, thank you!

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  • Mrs R G
  • 18-08-2020

wonderful

I listened on audible and the narrator was excellent! A lovely tale to make you think about your regrets. Very early on I knew where this book would go but that possibly comes from being a huge Matt Haig fan. It didn’t detract from the story at all and I loved the journey of the protagonist. I feel he really poured himself into this book because it’s beautiful and so delicate in its construction.

Choose this, everyone can and should enjoy it. I’ve recommended it already!

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  • Kat S
  • 15-08-2020

Finished Too Quickly

I really enjoyed this book, so much so I couldn't stop listening to it and I finished it too soon. Cary Mulligan's narration was excellent and perfect for Norma's voice and the concept of the book was brilliant.

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  • Miss Natasha GM Williams
  • 15-08-2020

Brilliant and interesting.

Interesting look at depression and the regrets we all have. The story takes you on a brilliant journey of Nora’s self discovery through many life times. I found it uplifting and powerful, as someone who struggles with her own mental health the ending was empowering.

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  • janey
  • 18-08-2020

worth listening to for the narration alone

I took a chance on this book and loved the narration. interesting story, no real surprises or depth and a bit cheesy at the end, however, i thoroughly enjoyed this book and I don't think you will regret listening to it.

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  • Mhairi
  • 16-08-2020

A beautiful story, fantastic narrator.

Really enjoyed this story, thought provoking and life affirming. Found it difficult to put down.

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  • Nic
  • 14-08-2020

Magic

Love Matt Haig and this is by far my favourite. Takes what ifs and puts them into perspective. Narrator is great too, love her as the voice of Nora. Love!

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